Single mum unlawfully jailed for council tax debt in Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2017 in appeals, council tax, legal aid, news, Wales by tracey

‘A single mother who was sent to prison by magistrates for 81 days because she was unable to pay her council tax bill was unlawfully jailed, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2017

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Role of Law Officers on Devolution and Bills – Attorney General’s Office

Posted December 20th, 2016 in attorney general, bills, devolution, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘The Solicitor General spoke to Public Law Wales on the role of the Law Officers on Devolution and Bills.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 20th December 2016

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Man fined for first crime committed on tiny Caldey Island – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in community service, costs, fines, news, sentencing, Wales by sally

‘The first crime in living memory to be recorded on a holy island off the coast of west Wales has resulted in a man receiving a fine and community order.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2016

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Building the Best Court Forum for Commercial Dispute Resolution – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 7th, 2016 in courts, dispute resolution, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘Speech given at the Wales Commercial Law Association, Cardiff, 21 October 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 5th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: House of Lords Constitution Committee Reports on Wales Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 31st, 2016 in constitutional law, news, reports, select committees, Wales by sally

‘The House of Lords Constitution Committee today publishes its report on the Wales Bill. The history of the Bill is a somewhat chequered one, a Draft Bill published in October 2015 having been subjected to excoriating criticism by (among others) the Assembly’s Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee. The centrepiece of the Bill is intended to be the shift from the ‘conferred powers’ model of devolution that presently operates in Wales to a ‘reserved powers’ model akin to that which is found in Scotland. However, the Constitution Committee concludes that ‘the current implementation of the reserved powers model in the Wales Bill undermines its key advantages: namely providing the devolved legislature with constitutional space to legislate and allowing for a relatively clear and simple division of powers’. In this post, we highlight a number of concerns raised by the Committee in its report, and conclude with some broader reflections on what the Wales Bill tells us about the state of the UK’s territorial constitution and the approach to constitutional design adopted in respect of it.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th October 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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More than 5,000 children have been strip-searched, figures reveal – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 31st, 2016 in children, compensation, news, statistics, stop and search, Wales by sally

‘More than 5,000 children have been strip-searched by police in two years, figures revealed, as South Wales Police paid compensation to an innocent 12-year-old who was searched without escort.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th October 2016

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Special Educational Needs: Guidance given on approach where parents cannot agree on choice of school in SEN statement – Education Blog

Posted October 31st, 2016 in children, divorce, local government, news, special educational needs, Wales by sally

‘In SG v Denbighshire County Council and B (SEN) (Special Educational Needs: Special Educational Provision – naming school) [2016] UKUT 460 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal gave guidance on the approach to be taken where parents cannot agree on the choice of school to be named in Part 4 of a statement of special educational needs (“the Statement”).’

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Education Blog, 31st October 2016

Source: www.education11kbw.com

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Homeless Reduction Bill – part 2 – Nearly Legal

Posted October 27th, 2016 in bills, homelessness, housing, local government, news, Wales by sally

‘After my rantette about clause 1 of the Homeless Reduction Bill as published for second reading, it is time to turn to the substance of the Bill in terms of new duties and so on. And, some drafting issues aside, these are broadly positive.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th October 2016

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Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted October 17th, 2016 in reports, Wales by tracey

‘This is the Law Commission’s final report on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 14th October 2016

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Libraries – Local Government Law

Posted September 20th, 2016 in libraries, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘In R (Tilley) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2016] EWHC 2272 (QB), in the Administrative Court in Wales, Lewis J concluded that the Council’s Cabinet Decision to establish five community libraries was lawful.’

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Local Government Law, 16th September 2016

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Council defeats High Court challenge to establishment of community libraries – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2016 in equality, libraries, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘A Welsh council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to establish five community libraries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th September 2016

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Wales moves to replace stamp duty with new land transaction tax – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2016 in bills, news, stamp duty, taxation, Wales by sally

‘The first new Welsh tax for almost 800 years is to be outlined in a bill expected to be introduced on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2016

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High Court quashes school closure decision over consultation flaws – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 18th, 2016 in consultations, education, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘Denbighshire County Council mishandled its consultation on closing a Welsh language school, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th August 2016

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Nuisance caller cost the taxpayer £78,000 by making 408 calls to the ambulance service in two years – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2016 in assault, emergency services, health, news, nuisance, sentencing, Wales by tracey

‘A woman who cost the taxpayer £78,000 by phoning ambulance service more than 400 times in two years has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2016

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Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales – official-documents.gov.uk

‘This is the Law Commission’s final report on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 30th June 2016

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Jo Murkens: Brexit: The Devolution Dimension – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The results of the third nation-wide referendum in the United Kingdom are still sinking in at home and around the world. Just below 52% voted to leave the European Union, just over 48% voted to remain. The widespread conclusion is that the UK must leave the EU.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th June 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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Bill-by-bill summary: Queen’s Speech at-a-glance – BBC News

‘The Queen has announced the government’s legislation for the year ahead, at the state opening of Parliament. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2016

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Judges to be filmed in English and Welsh crown courts – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2016 in courts, Crown Court, judiciary, news, pilot schemes, sentencing, video recordings, Wales by sally

‘Television cameras are to be allowed into crown courts in England and Wales for the first time under Ministry of Justice (MoJ) regulations that will be debated by parliament this week.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2016

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Macur review: ‘No reason’ to undermine abuse inquiry findings – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, Wales by tracey

‘An inquiry that found “no evidence” of historical abuse by establishment figures in former north Wales children’s homes has been backed by a review. Lady Justice Macur published her two-year review into the 2000 Waterhouse inquiry on Thursday.
She said there was “no reason” to undermine its findings.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2016

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Plans to ban e-cigarettes in public places defeated – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2016 in bills, children, news, smoking, Wales by tracey

‘Plans to ban e-cigarettes for the first time in the UK in public places where children are present have been defeated.
The landmark vote by the Welsh Assembly aimed to restrict the use of nicotine inhaling devices in public places such as schools, restaurants and on public transport.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2016

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